Lifestyle and fashion retailer Fat Face has reshuffled its senior management team.

Fat Face has promoted finance director Stuart Owens to the new role of chief operating officer. His remit will be to run the day-to-day operations of the retailer.

It has also poached Shaun Wills, commercial finance and planning director of fast-fashion retailer New Look, to take over from Owens with effect from early summer.

Last month, Fat Face opened its first Irish outlet store in The Outlet centre at Bridgewater Park in Banbridge, Northern Ireland.

Fat Face sales soared 19 per cent to£61.7 million in the six months to December 1. Sales remained strong over Christmas, up 18 per cent year on year in the five weeks to January 5.